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Vitamin C for Skin Brightening - Get the Facts First:
If you’re interested in trying vitamin C tablets, powders or creams to lighten or fade dark sun spots and blotches, there are a few things you need to know for best results.
While taking vitamin C supplements or eating vitamin C rich foods is always a good idea – this article discusses the use of topical vitamin C serums or creams to improve skin tone and lighten or whiten dark spots and discoloration.
Applying pure vitamin C topically to the skin can help suppress skin pigmentation, which can help with skin brighter.
But whether you plan on purchasing vitamin C serums and creams or making your own by crushing vitamin C tablets…
Here are a few facts to consider:
Here are my before and after skin whitening result using a 16% pH balanced vitamin C serum. It took a few months to fade these sun spots, but it worked.
Here is another before and after picture of skin whitening using vitamin C serum. Unfortunately, it was taken with a different camera, so the lighting is different.
But you can see not only are the brown spots lighter, but the neck skin is less saggy and crepey than before.
NOTE: You can learn more about how neck exercises helped reduce the deep neck lines and see my before and after pictures.
Another area I saw skin whitening was around my eyes and crow's feet area.
Not only is my skin brighter, but those pesky crow's feet lines are not as deep.
The combination of the C serum and facial exercises helped me achieve these results!
Many people assume they can just get vitamin C tablets from the drugstore and crush them up, mix with water, and apply to the face.
There are a few problems with this:
Another alternative is to use a serum booster to add to your favorite creams or serums. An L-ascorbic Acid Booster like this one mixes easily into any cream or serum you are currently using.
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This spot correcting serum booster can also be mixed into your favorite creams or can be applied alone.
This serum works with your body's own mechanisms for pigment repair, brightens and helps even-out skin tone. It contains alpha arbutin, kojic acid, along with vitamin C.
I've seen vitamin C powder for cosmetic uses sold on Amazon. I can't attest to how well this works or how safe it is, but if you do try it, use it carefully, follow package directions, and test a small area first.
If you read the reviews, some people complained of skin burns because they didn't use/mix it properly.
All the benefits of topical Vitamin C sounds wonderful – right?
However, the problem is finding a Vitamin C cream or serum that is fresh and potent and has NOT been sitting on a store shelf for months or years.
While ascorbic acid is the best type of topical vitamin C, but it’s not very stable once it’s mixed with liquids. That’s why mixing up a fresh batch monthly is your best bet for excellent results.
I tried making my own vitamin C skin products, but was never sure of the potency or pH balance. Plus, my concoction seemed to dry my skin and cause it to peel.sun
Now I use CFF pH balanced vitamin C Crystal Serum.
This vitamin C comes in a separate vial that is mixed up fresh at home before using it. It also comes with a richly hydrating serum base loaded with antioxidants to help support younger skin and collagen production.
With this product I'm guaranteed that the pH is properly balanced (between 4.5/5.5) and
offers a potent 16% concentration.
is pretty potent and very rich, so a little goes a long way covering my face and neck area. So one vial will last about 35/40 days.
NOTE: If you make you own, don’t make too much at one time. After about 35/40 days your Vitamin C serum will start to turn brown.
That means it has oxidized and SHOULD NOT BE APPLIED TO THE SKIN. Throw it out!! And be sure to store it in a dark colored container to prevent oxidation.
Besides skin whitening and lightening benefits, applying a potent, fresh concoction of vitamin C cream or serum to your skin every day can also help improve its appearance and provide younger looking skin – overtime.
Topical vitamin C products can help reverse, slow down, and even prevent future age-related skin changes such as wrinkling and sagging by promoting collagen production - leading to firmer, more elastic skin.
Vitamin C can also help guard against sun damage (you still need to wear your sunscreen however), while helping to reduce inflammation and hyperpigmentation.
Note: If you hate the sticky, gummy feel of most sunscreens, (like I do), then consider trying a powdered sunscreen brush-on stick like Colorscience Brush On Shield.
Q: How long does it take vitamin C to lighten the skin?
A: It usually takes at least 4-6 weeks to see changes. My after pictures of the brown spots on my neck took about 8 weeks. There are a few factors to make the process go faster.
1. Make sure to exfoliate your skin at least once a week. This helps remove dead, discolored skin cells.
2. Always wear a sunscreen when you're using skin lightening products, and try not to be out in the sun during prime time without a hat or other protection.
3. Be consistent. Use the skin lightening product as directed. On and off usage will not bring the best results.
Q: Which vitamin C is best for skin-lightening?
A: A potent, fresh batch of vitamin C is always your best option. I'm always partial to vitamin C serums. A serum can be easily mixed into your favorite face cream.
Or look for vitamin C serums that contain lightening agents like alpha arbutin, kojic acid. These ingredients help speed the process along faster.
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If you use vitamin C for skin whitening (whether topical serums or oral supplements) please share your experience with other readers. Because real life experience and Word of mouth experience is powerful!
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